Amaranth land restored, curfew clamped ahead of 'Vijay Rally'

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Jammu, Aug 31 (UNI) The State Administrations imposed curfew in various districts of the Jammu region while the army was called to stop people from taking part in the mass 'Vijay Rally' scheduled to be held here this morning on the call of Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS) at Maulana Azad Stadium, official sources said.

''Over two to three lakh people were expected to participate in the rally to celebrate the victory, after a 61-day long agitation organised by the Sangharsh Samiti,'' official sources told UNI and added that curfew was clamped as a precautionary measure as there were reports about the presence of militants on the city outskirts.

According to the intelligence inputs, some of the militants might be present in different areas of Jammu planning to target the rally so the curfew was imposed to stop people from assembling and taking part in the major rally, a senior police official added.

''Dr S S Bloeria, head of the government panel appointed by the Jammu and Kashmir government however, had requested the Samiti to postpone the rally but they refused, which forced the administration to impose the curfew for security reasons,'' the police official added.

Meanwhile, the curfew had also been clamped in Kathua, Samba, Reasi districts of the region following militancy threats while it was relaxed in Poonch district, which passed off peacefully, sources added.

The Samiti activists also went on rampage here after the administration clamped the curfew restrictions to express their anger for not being allowed to participate in the rally.

''Protestors pelted stones and engaged into a clash with security forces while police resorted to mild lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the mob heading towards the venue of the rally for preventive measures,'' official sources maintained.

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